Vacheron Constantin Re-Sets the Clock to 1735

While searching the internet I came across this industry release and thought you might be interested:

WORLDTEMPTUS Official Website of Famous Brands

Press release

Vacheron Constantin Re-Sets the Clock to 1735

While previous historical research had established the founding of esteemed Swiss watch manufacture Vacheron Constantin at 1785 then 1755, recent discoveries in the archives of the Canton of Genéve, Switzerland, have shed new light on this historic brand.

A previously unknown document was discovered hidden within the dusty records which now reveals that Jean Vacheron, son of Jean-Jaques Vacheron, master weaver, and uncle to Jean-Marc Vacheron, previously thought to be the company founder, was engaged as a clock maker as early as 1735.

While this record was apparently discovered over a year ago, it was kept in strict silence by agreement of all parties while a frantic search was undertaken to confirm the astonishing new details.  It was not until an example of Jean Vacheron’s work was uncovered in the private collection of a reclusive Swiss industrialist that everyone involved felt confident enough to bring the new date forward.

Vacheron Constantin Re-Sets the Clock to 1735

This highly unusual deck clock was powered by water, which the owner was required to drain and refill daily.  It clearly shows the innovative thinking that was to carry the name of Vacheron, along with future collaborator Constantin, well into the future.

The historians of Vacheron Constantin’s famous Maison collection stated that it was quite by coincidence this announcement was scheduled for release to the world press precisely on April 1st, 2012.
:-) ;-) (nt)
04/01/2012 - 05:00
4/1/2012
Re: Vacheron Constantin Re-Sets the Clock to 1735
04/01/2012 - 05:10
Fascinating! I guess that changes the importance of all those "anniversary editions" (LOL) This clock however, while unique is not totally innovative since water clocks were used by the Chinese centuries before. I am away and do not have my references available. JB
Re: Vacheron Constantin Re-Sets the Clock to 1735
04/01/2012 - 06:18
And of course the date was April 1,1735 !!!
Re: Re: Vacheron Constantin Re-Sets the Clock to 1735
04/01/2012 - 08:31
Hmmm, Sounds like "poisson d'avril" ??
Tick Talk, you sly devil
04/01/2012 - 12:55
when I started reading I believed every word.....
Nice try...
04/01/2012 - 14:34
But here we are trained in the art from infancy... And wake up smelling rats on this particular day.... No chance! But if anyone was going to convince, it would have been you! 'I bought a St. Gervais' might have lasted longer! Cheers Gary
It Lives On
04/01/2012 - 14:57
Loved the photo and it got me doing some web research - here is the first VC Métiers d'Art version  - with a singing bird (ca. 1900): Seriously though, I was amazed to find a "modern" version - L'ANACHRONE Ball Clock.  Here is a photo and a link to the story of its creation.http://www.betrisey.ch/emalev.htm
Ahhhhhh , even I
04/01/2012 - 23:35
Started believing what you wrote!!!!!!!!!!
I knew it was an "oil" clock all along, you couldn't
04/02/2012 - 01:49
fool me! ;0)... One of my favorite days of the year, thanks for the post great watch emperor of the North. Best to all, Tim
Nice try, Dean ;-))) (nt)
04/02/2012 - 15:13
yes
Just a little humour to brighten the day...
04/02/2012 - 17:57
I was tempted to suggest that VC had bought the piece for their collection at a new world record price devil
Dean reveals all - we've been let off lightly!...
04/02/2012 - 22:28
I had  (so did a few others!) enough to cope with, so don't have any regrets, Deanindecision My Sunday morning (I hadn't really noticed the date) began in the normal fashion until I checked THL. You have an awful lot to answer for!surprise Well donesmileyTony